March 14, 2014
By Yogi Patil, Practice Leader, Healthcare Urbanism, HKS, Inc.

Today’s healthcare urbanism challenges providers and architects to flex to meet demographic shifts, affordable healthcare reform and changing technology.

I believe healthcare urbanism is the new way of thinking. It focuses on the complexity, priorities and constraints in the healthcare environment while integrating present and future community planning. Many ideas need to be discussed. How can the campus grow on constrained urban settings? If changes in legislation shift the focus to ambulatory care, how do we move forward?

How can we better focus on wellness and not sickness? How can we nimbly rethink planning based on the latest technology? With uncertainty looming and resources limited, how can we be flexible and conserve resources while enhancing the user experience? Cues from urbanism can help healthcare planning immensely.

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